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2003 chevy aveo #1 O2 sensor

Check engine light came on; checked at auto store and it indicated the #1 O2 sensor needs replacement. Which of the sensors is the #1, and how easy is it to replace?

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  • DemiGeek Mar 18, 2014

    Very helpful - thanks! Any thoughts on installation of the Bosch standard vs. universal upstream sensor? Price difference is huge, but may be worth it for less hassle.

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    Larry Blais Mar 18, 2014

    Thank you for writing back. The best way I can explain Direct fit VS. Universal is. With a direct fit, the installer just needs to remove the old sensor, apply a little never seez to the threads, and install the new sensor. With the universal type, the wiring is critical. The wiring chart must be followed to a tee and the connections (where the old wire meets the new wire) must be clean, tight, and protected. How confident are you with your wiring skills? Do you own and use a sodering gun? The connections must be well protected so the electrical signal doesn't fail or change do to moisture, corrosion, or abrasion. The entire length of the original needs to be mimiced when assembling the new sensor. It can be a little longer but not shorter. The O2 sensor harness should be routed the same way as the old one (take notes or pictures). The harness should be relaxed but not too much so that it could get damaged by a heat source or by abration. If your confident with your wiring skills then yes, go for it. Good luck with the repair, write back anytime.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Better yet codes have nothing to do with the need to install parts They are used to diagnose the system that set the MIL Lamp & see if you have a problem

  • Larry Blais
    Larry Blais Mar 19, 2014

    I agree that codes should be used as a diagnostic aid. Codes communicate that the ECU has identified a malfunction in a component, circuit, or related system. A professional technician would test and verify that the suspected failure was valid. If validation was not confirmed then they would test and confirm until the source was identified. If we are to help someone understand and improve their knowledge of diagnostics, repairing, testing, what tools are needed, proper maintenance, keeping records, terminology,and learn how to properly approach all potential repairs. We need to continuously improve on how we communicate to others. The better we listen, the better our responses will be. I think it is a bad habit to replace a part just because the code says it isn't working. But I disagree that codes have "nothing" to do with the need to install parts. I would rather say,"Codes represent the potential that a part may need to be replaced". In closing, I believe that there are too many variables to over simplify this subject. Sometimes a code will identify a failed component and sometimes a code will point out a failure, in a component that is being affected for an unknown reason. We need to continuously improve on how we communicate. The better we listen, the better our responses will be. Thank you.

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#1 is the up-stream sensor (The O2 sensor located before the Catalytic Convertor). #2 is the down-stream O2 sensor. This sensor is located after the Catalytic Convertor. I hope this helps, let me know if you have other questions concerning this issue. Good luck.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014

  • DemiGeek Mar 18, 2014

    Very helpful - thanks! Any thoughts on installation of the Bosch standard vs. universal sensor? Price difference is huge, but might be worth it if it saves some hassle.

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  • DemiGeek Mar 18, 2014

    Not a very helpful post. Per my posted question, the code had already been checked. Thanks anyway.

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You'll find the sensors, they usually are found in pairs, located just before and just after the catalyctic converter, along the exhaust system. (Wear safety goggles to keep the dirt from getting in your eyes) With the car raised up on jack stands or on a hydraulic lift, (never use just a jack for support) look for the O2's, they look allot like spark plugs with a wire coming out of the visible end.Before ordering the parts, take a look and see what you need because with dual exhausts you may need as many as four and you might need to buy some anti-seize compound too but some sensors come pre-lubed, so wait 'til you see your parts prior to buying it. You may need your VIN to be certain you get the right parts. Sometimes, they can be hard to access and a special tool might be needed but if you are lucky an open end wrench will do the trick, keep this in mind when you locate yours on your car initially.The sensors come with a tip protector, leave it on until you are ready to install it and make sure not to contaminate the tip when inserting the tip in the opening. Also, be very careful to screw them in by hand, paying attention to the feel so as to avoid cross threading and then use the wrench to finish the job. With parts purchased, run the motor to heatup the exhaust manifold/pipes and git r dun, good luck. (Oh, almost forgot, mechanics gloves offer heat protection.)

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